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Monroe County Honors Local Vietnam Veterans for "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day"

Monroe County Honors Local Vietnam Veterans for

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and local elected officials paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans during Monroe County’s annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” The ceremony featured members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 of Rochester and was held to offer recognition and appreciation for all veterans who served during the Vietnam War.

“Our community is truly fortunate to have such a strong and active presence of Vietnam Veterans,” said Dinolfo. “Their sense of duty has endured long past their return home, as they have given so much for our community and asked for so little in return. Today is one small way for us to show our appreciation and to give them the “welcome home” they earned many years ago. To all of our Vietnam Veterans, on behalf of a grateful community, I say thank you and job well done.”

Nearly 23,000 Vietnam Veterans live in the six-county, greater-Rochester area, and many of them have joined Chapter 20 Vietnam Veterans of America. Serving as the largest, most active and longest standing local chapters of the National Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., the organization maintains a strong, united voice for addressing issues of importance to all Vietnam-era veterans.

Monroe County contains one of the country’s most inspiring memorials for Vietnam Veterans: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park. The two-acre memorial was opened to the public on September 8, 1996. Comprised of five components, the Walk of Honor, Medal of Honor Grove, Veterans Garden, Learning Center, and the Garden of Reflection, the memorial is dedicated to the 280 men from the Greater Rochester Region who were killed or went missing in the Vietnam War. The Memorial recognized its 20th Anniversary in September, 2016.